STARS FROM THE WORLDS OF RUGBY AND CLASSICAL MUSIC UNITE TO SUPPORT NEW SINGLE RELEASE FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY CAMPAIGN 


Original music inspired by the British & Irish Lions remembrance of war veterans is to be released on Monday 5 November 2018 in support of groundbreaking There But Not There Campaign. 

On Monday 5 November, a moving and original classical music single is released for download to raise money for Remembered, the charity behind the There But Not There Campaign to commemorate the centenary of the World War One Armistice 

As this centenary Armistice Day approaches the airwaves will be filled with emotive music as we remember the fallen of the Great War. This year a new track will be heard, inspired by the British & Irish Lions acts of remembrance when on tour around the globe, and donated to a ground-breaking remembrance campaign by its producer Ben Uttley of Stamp Productions. Director of Operations, Remembered and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, Rowley Gregg MC commented:

From the paintings of Paul Nash to the poems of Siegfried Sassoon, the Great War has always had an unbreakable connection with the arts. We are delighted that Ben and Benjamin are continuing with that tradition, and that the money raised will provide vital funds to the campaign.” 

The There But Not There campaign is commemorating a century since the 1918 armistice through the sale of iconic Tommy figures across the UK. The sale of these Tommies – both 10 inch and six foot versions – has to date raised over £4 million for a host of military and mental health charities. Rowley Gregg MC added:

There But Not There has three principle aims; to commemorate the fallen, to educate future generations as to the futility of war and to raise funds for veterans who so desperately need our help. This wonderful piece of music beautifully encapsulates all three of these aims, bringing with it the haunting solemnity and poignancy that the First World War evokes.” 


Filmmaker, Ben Uttley, was inspired to donate proceeds from the release of the track to the There But Not There campaign. Remembrance was a big part of his upbringing at Harrow School where 2,917 Old Harrovians served in the Armed Forces in WWI. Having regularly witnessed his father and rugby legend, Roger Uttley OBE’s remembrance values from rugby, the final inspiration came from witnessing the British & Irish Lions’ acts of remembrance first hand when visiting war memorials across the world. Those occasions had a profound and humbling effect on the players like Sam Warburton and filmmaker Ben Uttley, who then commissioned and produced the track. 

Sam Warburton OBE said:

To know that the inspiration for Ben to create the orchestral single, There But Not There, arose during our visits to war memorials during Lions’ tours to Australia and New Zealand is fantastic. It’s a powerful reminder of the importance of remembering the sacrifices of others, then and now. Like sport, this music can help us heal and bring people together. I would encourage everyone to download this track which is fundraising for such a great cause.” 

At his own expense, Ben Uttley commissioned composer Benjamin Hollway to create a moving musical tableau of remembrance which was then recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed Welsh conductor Owain Arwel-Hughes CBE. Ben Uttley commented:

Music is one of the best ways to evoke emotion. We are in the unique position of having created and therefore owning a music track which has been crafted with the sole purpose of generating the feel of a moment of reflection for loved ones, and of countrymen, and women lost.

Both producer and composer have family and friends who have served in the forces and wanted to take the opportunity to give back to those whose lives have been affected by the psychological impact of war. 

 
 Owain Arwel Hughes CBE generously donated his time in the creation of this work.

Owain Arwel Hughes CBE generously donated his time in the creation of this work.

OWAIN ARWEL HUGHES CBE, Conductor

Owain Arwel Hughes (CBE)has conducted and recorded with many of the world's leading orchestras. Among his titles have been Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London; Associate Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Principal Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark; Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa; and Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. 

Owain Arwel Hughes’ contribution to music is widely recognised and marked with honorary doctorates and fellowships at nine Universities and Music Conservatoires. He was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to music and charitable work, and further honoured in January 2009 when he received the CBE. 

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BENjamin UTTLEY, Producer

Benjamin Uttley has worked as a Music Producer, Film Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Actor. He founded Stamp Productions in 2008, a film production company that creates branded content and documentaries. Ben founded Stamp Productions to connect and inspire audiences emotionally and authentically with a narrative. Along with his team of experts they have created award winning content for global brands, agencies, and rights holders including, Honda, Land Rover, and The British & Irish Lions.

The company’s content has reached 100’s of millions of people around the world. However, There But Not There will mark his debut as a music producer. 

Ben has family who have served for our country and is a proud supporter of the There But Not There Charity. He has previously supported Combat Stress, one of the charities There But Not There partners with to provide mental health support to serving and former servicemen and women. 

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BENJAMIN HOLLWAY, COMPOSER 

Benjamin Hollway has had works performed by the Britten Sinfonia, London Brass ensemble, the RNCM Wind Orchestra. He has also composed the scores for a number of TV series, broadcast around the world; most recently the National Geographic mini-series, Dian Fossey. Executive produced by Oscar winner James Marsh and featuring Sir David Attenborough and Sigourney Weaver.